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April 21, 2004

The Public's Enthusiasm for Cancer Screening

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(15):1835. doi:10.1001/jama.291.15.1835-a

To the Editor: Dr Schwartz and colleagues1 reported that respondents to their survey were very enthusiastic to receive cancer screening. The authors were concerned that this sentiment "creates an environment ripe for the premature diffusion of technologies" such as total-body computed tomography (CT) scanning. We disagree, however, that such "enthusiasm" necessarily leads to increased delivery of such services.

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